In addition to a new iPad mini, Apple unveiled the 9th iteration of their normal entry-level iPad in September 2021. The normal iPad, on the other hand, only received internal enhancements and new functions, while the iPad mini received an aesthetic refresh.( Ipad 8th Generation )

Ipad 8th Generation

The regular iPad did receive a design update in October 2022, and you may compare it to the 9th generation device in our separate feature.

You’re in the right place if you’re curious how the iPad 10.2 (9th generation) contrasts with the iPad 10.2 (8th generation). To assist you in selecting whether to purchase and whether to upgrade, here are their contrasting specifications.

What is similar?

  • Design
  • Display size for the rear camera Battery

Both the Apple iPad 10.2 (9th generation) and its predecessor include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor located below the display, and both have the same dimensions. They both have a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and a pixel density of 264ppi, an aluminium frame and back, and a single 8-megapixel camera on the back.

The two tablets also share a 10-hour battery life, a Lightning connector for charging, and support for the original Apple Pencil. Two speakers for audio and compatibility with iPadOS 16 are other features that are the same between the two models.

What has changed?

In spite of the fact that the two electronic devices share quite a few similarities, there must be certain key distinctions in order for there to be a next generation. Both the iPad 10.2 (2021) and the iPad 10.2 have a few key distinctions between them. (2020).

iPad (8th generation): A12 iPad (9th generation): A13

The iPad 10.2 is powered by Apple's A13 Bionic CPU, which features a Neural Engine. (9th generation), whereas the A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine powers the iPad 10.2 (8th generation), making the most recent device slightly faster and more capable.

iPad (9th generation) front camera: 12MP Ultra Wide, f/2.4, 2x zoom out, Center Stage iPad (8th generation) front camera: 1.2MP FaceTime HD, f/2.4

iPAD 9th Generation

The 2021 regular iPad model now contains a 12-megapixel super wide-angle front camera, enabling Center Stage, a feature that was initially made available on the iPad Pro range. The iPad’s camera will follow you around the room during video conversations if you move, which is wonderful. You can learn more about Center Stage in our dedicated post.

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With the new model being far better for video chats, the iPad (8th generation) has a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, which is a significant difference between the generations.

iPad (9th generation) display technology: 10.2-inch Retina, True Tone, and sRGB

10.2-inch Retina iPad (8th generation)

There are a few technological variations between the iPad 10.2 (8th gen) and iPad 10.2 (9th gen), despite the display’s size and resolution being the same in both. While the older model lacks Apple’s True Tone technology, the more recent model includes sRGB.

However, both panels include a coating that prevents fingerprints and have a maximum brightness of 500 nits.

Options for storing

  • 64GB/256GB iPad (9th generation).
  • 32GB/128GB iPad (8th generation).

There are Wi-Fi and Cellular and Wi-Fi alone editions of the iPad 10.2 (9th generation) and the iPad 10.2 (8th generation), although the storage sizes vary.

The 8th generation model is available in 32GB and 128GB variants, while the 9th generation model offers 64GB and 256GB options.

iPad (9th generation) colour options: two

iPad (8th generation): Three choices

The iPad 10.2 (8th gen) offers a gold option in addition to Silver and Space Grey, while the iPad 10.2 (9th gen) does not.

iPad (9th generation) weight: 487g (Wi-Fi alone), 498g (Wi-Fi & Cellular)

Apple iPad (8th generation): 490g (Wi-Fi only), 495g (Wi-Fi & Cellular)

iPad 10th Generation

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The iPad (9th gen), or the Wi-Fi only device, is lighter than the iPad (8th gen) while having same dimensions of 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mm. The older model weighs 490g, compared to the newer model’s 487g.


The Apple iPad 10.2 (9th generation) and Apple iPad 10.2 (8th generation) have the same design and a number of other features, but they differ from one another in a few significant ways.